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I have a theory. It goes like this: Every true music lover will eventually and inevitably be indoctrinated into the Cult of Tom Waits. All it takes is time. One day you’ll hear a Tom Waits song and you’ll just get it. You’re in. Whether it’s the demented underworld Disney of “Tango Till They’re Sore” or the dark slice-of-life that is “Franks Wild Years,” eventually every true music fan falls in love… Read More

“The holidays are upon us” always sounds to me as if the barbarian hordes have breached the castle walls and are laying waste to our entire way of life. Maybe that’s just my family. Anyway, I’m sure Christmas at your house is fine. Of course, if you do find yourself being marauded by savages enjoying the warm embrace of family, there is a silver lining. In the smoldering rubble you may find… Read More

They Might Be Giants “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” This was a cover song? Yep. Like a lot of people I just assumed a goofy song like this could only have sprung from the collective silliness of They Might Be Giants. I was wrong. Turns out it’s a “jazz” song released by The Four Lads in 1953. Orgy “Blue Monday” I don’t know where this band came from or where they went, but their… Read More

Usually when you see that question you expect an interesting answer. Not today. I really just want to know. Here are 3 artists who not only did some amazing work, but could very easily still be relevant today if circumstance hadn’t faded them into obscurity. Micheal Penn – One of my all-time favorite artists. Michael Penn (yes, he’s the brother of Sean Penn) actually won a Best New Artist VMA in 1990… Read More